James City County Announces New Economic Development Director

October 29th, 2010 by Desiree Parker

Russell Seymour will become James City County’s Economic Development Director starting Monday, November 1.

Seymour, who served as Director of Economic Development in Spotslylvania County for the last five years, will replace retiring Director Keith Taylor.

In his former locale, Seymour was responsible for economic development and tourism initiatives and served as staff to the County’s Economic Development Authority. He developed aggressive marketing and business attraction and retention programs with a comprehensive incentive program for new and expanding businesses, according to Friday’s press release. Spotsylvania County’s small business growth rate was 45 percent between 2005 and 2009, above regional and state averages. Additionally, its 2009 to 2010 existing business capital investment is projected at $19.9 million with over 1,000 new jobs created.

Seymour also served as Vice President of the Fredericksburg Regional Alliance, a role which allowed him to work with corporate leaders, foreign delegates, community leaders and government officials as he worked to attract capital investments and create new jobs.

“His working relationships with the Spotsylvania business and tourism communities coupled with his background in marketing, business attraction and retention, workforce development, and planning make him the right fit for James City County,” said County Administrator Robert Middaugh.

“We look forward to his energy and creative approach. Under his leadership, Spotsylvania has increased leads on prospective businesses by 45 percent and increased the number of companies within the County’s target market by 43 percent between 2005 and 2009.”

Russell Seymour is a 1994 Christopher Newport University graduate with a BS in Business Administration. He has a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Akron. He has completed courses from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) with additional training from University of Mary Washington College of Graduate and Professional Studies and the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

His professional affiliations include the Virginia Economic Developers Association and the IEDC.

Seymour lives in Yorktown with his family.

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